Are You Overtraining?
Exercising can be addicting. There are times when we force ourselves to exercise at the expense of sleep and consistently push ourselves to our limits without taking time to recover. In time, this will catch up with you. The human body is amazing and can do amazing things, but getting enough rest is of the utmost importance so that you can feel good and function at your best. Here are some signs and symptoms of overtraining:
DIFFICULTY LOSE WEIGHT / GAIN. Our body is smarter than we think. In some cases, if the body is constantly stressed, the scales will not move. Some may even gain weight. When this happens, you need to pull back a little and let the body heal.
FATIGUE. Overtraining often leads to feeling tired, low on energy and / or weak. In severe cases, this can persist during the night despite getting enough sleep.
Regular sickness. Overtraining weakens your immune system, making it harder to fight off disease. As you continue to exercise through the disease, you can prolong it and even make it worse.
Overtraining is often associated with overdietwhich can exacerbate symptoms of excessive exercise. You need enough calories for your body to function properly. (Use an online calculator to determine what it will take to meet your goals.) If you eat too few calories while overtraining, you can:
MUSCLE ATROPHY. The body needs calories to maintain muscle. Calories provide energy during your workout. If you don’t eat enough calories, your body may use muscle instead of fat for fuel, causing your muscles to atrophy. So make sure you are consuming enough calories to protect that hard-earned muscle.
INSUFFICIENT BODY FAT. If you eat too few calories during overtraining, it can cause your body fat to become too low. While low body fat can help you perform better physically in exercise, getting too low can be dangerous. Fat is needed, among other things, to regulate body temperature and protect your bones and joints from injury.
In summary, overtraining can seriously damage our body! It can actually get you away from your goals. Make sure you get adequate sleep every night (7-8 hours) and enough calories according to your goals! If you exercise too much, try to relax a bit and see if your body is more responsive. As I always say, train SMARTER, not HARDER! Stay committed and determined and always remember “The sky is the limit!”